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TUAW notes that Apple is currently selling refurbished 5 GB first-generation iPods for $129 in its online store. Originally released in October 2001 and only compatible with Macs, the first-generation iPod utilizes Firewire connectivity and a mechanical scroll wheel.
This is the very first iPod model, introduced in 2001. I don't know how they ended up there, or why they're selling them, but they're shipping "within 24 hours" and are available for $129.00. Remember, this is the model with the "scroll wheel," it's not touch sensitive, and you have to physically turn it with your thumb or finger. Note that the image Apple is using on the store is actually for a third-generation iPod, but the product description and model number are for the first-gen. Also, these iPods are refurbished, they're not brand new.
The first-generation iPod model on offer was originally priced at $399 and was later accompanied by a 10 GB model introduced in March 2002. In July 2002, Apple introduced the second-generation "Touch Wheel" iPod in 10 GB and 20 GB capacities, at which time the 5 GB model was revamped into $299 Windows and Mac versions carrying different model numbers from the original. These "new" 5 GB models continued to be offered until the introduction of the third-generation iPod in April 2003.

Article Link: Apple Selling Refurbished First-Generation 5 GB iPods
 

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Wow that's like a 60% discount! What a steal :D
 
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crisss1205

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Not real!

ipod-chat
 
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Grimace

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I'm sure if they found an old box of 50 of these, selling them for $129 to collectors etc. is the perfect way to make some easy cash.

They are practically worthless in terms of parts/features, but I guarantee they will all sell!
 
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flottenheimer

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Retro is cool. Apple is cool. It's retro-Apple-cool. It's a whole new business avenue.

Next up, original refurbished retro-iMacs. Only $699. Including OS 9. Shipping today.

imac-medres.jpg


Want one?
 
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crisss1205

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Retro is cool. Apple is cool. It's retro-Apple-cool. It's a whole new business avenue.

Next up, original retro-iMacs. Only $699. Including OS 9. Shipping today.


Want one?
Yes! I really do want one, only if it can run Snow Leopard. :D
Is it eligible for the $9.95 upgrade?
 
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MBHockey

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Anyone else find it strange that they say it's "For MAC"...would Apple really be that careless to mess up the capitalization of "Mac"?
 
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chuckiej

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Someone made that page for a reason, but I wonder what the reason is? I totally agree that it is a collector's item but if they actually sell them then they have to support them and I doubt they want to do that.

Specs:

This package contains the following items:

(1) 5G iPOD for MAC w/rechargeable lithium battery (with original touch wheel)
(1) Headphones (new earbud-style)
(1) Apple iPod Power Adapter
(1) Apple FireWire Cable (2m)
(1) Manual:

* iPod Getting Started

(1) CD-ROM Disc w/iTunes and electronic documentation
(1) One Year Warranty limited

We want you to be satisfied with your purchase. When you need assistance that is not provided by your manuals, through onscreen or online help, or by fax, please call: 800-APL-CARE.

We make every effort to get your order to you as safely and accurately as possible, however if you should find incorrect or mis-labeled items, please call 1-800-588-1911. To locate an Apple Authorized Reseller or Service Provider, call 1-800-538-9696, ext. 525.
 
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nagromme

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I kind of want one as a souvenir :) For $20.

Old iPod with new earbuds, on sale 8 years later.

Glitch (hack? internal prank?) or real, either way it's friggin' weird!
 
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Grimace

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Looks real to me:

Looks real to me, but the rep indicated that FW might not work anymore. Imagine taking it in to the Genius Bar with it being under warranty!
 

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HailToTheVictor

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Apparently you can get Apple Care with it...I would like to take that to the Genius Bar for repairs and see the look on their faces when an 'eight'? year old iPod is still under warranty.

Very strange
 
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Darth.Titan

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As I reported in this thread, I ordered.

I've always wanted a first gen iPod. If it's not what I want I can always send it back.

My plan is to mod it by replacing the hard drive with a 6GB Compact Flash card.

Old school vs. new school.
 
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GreatDrok

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The specs listed are for the first gen certainly but the picture is of a 3rd gen which was the first model with dock connector. I still have my 40GB for use in the car. The old touch sensitive controls were a little too sensitive IMHO.

Anyway, no telling what this page is doing up. I would really like a 1st gen though.....
 
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bozz2006

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that's 3rd generation ipod in the picture.

edit: they do indicate on the webpage that the item is actually the previous version with the scroll wheel.
 
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California

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These 1st generation iPods do not have a dock connector, correct? Only firewire and therefore cannot be charged through USB?

Anyone know?
 
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mattwolfmatt

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Just bought one. Hopefully I can get some resale value in a couple years on ebay. If it's sealed in box, I won't open it. If it's not, it'll be fun to play with in the meantime.

OR my order will be cancelled. We'll see.
 
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